(Orange County) SHAMBHALA ART Part 1: Coming to Your Senses

with Anne Saitzyk, Elaine Welinder, Harish Rao

February 25th

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  • $30 Program Price
  • $50 Patron Price
Room: ORANGE COUNTY SHAMBHALA @ 2750 Harbor Blvd, Suite B03, Costa Mesa, 92626
Genuine art tells the truth.   ~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
The Shambhala Art teachings celebrate art that springs from the meditative mind. They remind us to appreciate the uniqueness of everyday sensory experience, the art of everyday life. Seeing the simplicity and brilliance of "things as they are" provides the ground for genuine creativity which is the expression of non-aggression.

The Shambhala Art Program takes five of the topics from a body of teachings presented by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and offers them as areas of exploration and focus. It is a study program of Trungpa Rinpoche's root teachings on these topics which includes perception and art-making exercises that bring our understanding into direct experience.

This program is available to all with or without “art” experience.

Coming to Your Senses

Clear perception is the basis of genuine art. Through a series of exercises, we will explore the process of perception, highlighting both clarity and obscurations.

About the teachers:

Anne Anderson Saitzyk received her MFA in painting from Claremont Graduate University and her BFA in illustration from Art Center College of Design. She has served as co-coordinator of Westside Shambhala and is currently Director of Contemplative Arts at Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles. Anne met the Shambhala Buddhist dharma through the Dharma Art program in 1997 and has since become a student of Sakyong Mipham and a Shambhala Art teacher. In her professional life, she teaches painting and drawing at Art Center College of Design and occasionally in other locations in the world.

Elaine Welinder has worked as a freelance graphic designer and artist for over twenty years. She has been practicing meditation in the Shambhala tradition since 2011 and is certified to give meditation instruction as a Shambhala Guide. Ms. Welinder is a Shambhala Art teacher for parts 1-3. She lives in Huntington Beach with her husband and two children, and is an active member of the Orange County Shambhala community.

Harish Rao received his BFA from Cal Polytechnic University Pomona in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Art History. Upon graduation he embarked on a path of Creativity in the Videogames, film and Art industry having worked at 20th Century Fox, produced an award winning short film called The Trident, the first 4K Dalsa Origin short film made in the United States and a successful series of Art Exhibitions in India of his Surrealistic Realism drawing series. In 2011, Harish joined Shambhala and quickly immersed himself in the dharma path, and has become a Shambhala Art teacher, Shambhala Meditation Guide and co-launched the Shambhala Film Society. He is dedicated to contemplative practice, study and the merging of East and West of American dharma and Indian historical lineage in his art, path and practice. www.harvikllc.com

The Shambhala Center of Los Angeles remains open because of the ongoing generosity of our community. One of the cornerstones of our policy is that no one be turned away for lack of funds. If you can’t afford a program, please call our office (323-255-5472) to register based on what you can afford. At the same time, the Center relies on program revenue to cover costs. For those who are able to pay more than the program price, your generosity in paying the Patron Price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price, and provides additional support to the Shambhala Center of Los Angeles. Thank you for your kindness!

If you cancel more than 7 days prior to your class (and have already paid), you will receive a full refund less a processing fee of $15. If you cancel between 1 to 7 days prior to arrival, we will credit your payment towards another program at Shambhala Los Angeles to be used within 1 year. No refunds or credits are issued for cancellations received fewer than 24 hours prior to arrival.

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